December 20, 2014

Finding a New Balance Between Work and Home

You know how it is, once you find your rhythm…your balance, something changes…evolves, and causes that rhythm to stray.  It causes you to take a step back and reevaluate that balance you had before {or thought you had}.  Monday was my first “official” day taking on a new marketing position with a local home-building/home remodeling company from home while continuing on with Parentella {and going to school}. First let me say, I am thrilled to be working with this amazing company!! However, as I have been learning this week, working from home can be a struggle. A struggle that makes finding a new balance between working at home and “being” at home imperative and ever elusive.

This week is Fall Break here so rather than one child home with me all day I have two.  Though truthfully, I love having her home and having KG here while I work makes things easier for me.  She is such an enormous help with her sister.  Putting on a movie, playing {mostly} nicely with KJ, and supplying themselves with easy to reach snacks….KG is a great big sister.  But I feel guilty, it isn’t up to KG to take care of KJ…it’s my responsibility.  I know the first week with a new company on any job is always the most difficult and that I feel so lucky that KG is here to help me.  But I want her to enjoy her week off from school too.

So Tuesday, while Jon & I went to see Clutch in concert, KG spent the night at LA’s house and KJ went to Lisa’s. Both of the girls were so thrilled at the prospect of going anywhere without the other they were almost shaking with anticipation by the time I dropped them off.  Yesterday it was the same routine {which by the way will change next week when KG goes back to school} and I was feeling weighed down with guilt again.  This morning I woke up at 5am, got all of my “work” done and declared today Kid Day.

The girls worked together to explore some new online educational games, made me deliciously multi-colored dinners from Play-Doh, soaked up the Indian Summer sun, and baked Halloween confetti cupcakes to take with them tomorrow.

And while this is a temporary band-aide, sometime next week {the earlier the better} I will have to start working on a schedule, probably the 5am-midnight gig again, that works for me and my family. Because the entire purpose of my working from home was that I wouldn’t miss these amazing moments with my girls.

Do you have a secret to maintaining balance? Share your tips and advice {or struggles} with us!

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